14 August 2007

okay, i'll do it


i have really been dragging my feet about food storage. i know i need to do it, but it overwhelms me to even think about. well, these past few months i feel as though it has been "the topic". then on the first sunday of august our stake presidency came out with a message that pushed me over the edge: we need to "expeditiously" prepare for a Level One Emergency by August 31st. level one emergency defined as: "a disruption of the family income, transportation, water, food, electricity and/or quarantine of flu or other contamination". here's the outline they gave of us to follow. week 1: have water for family for 15 days. week 2: store 6 extra cans of food for each family member and 15 days worth of food that they will actually eat. week 3: accumulate extra medications and general first aid items to care for family for 30 days. week 4: have 72 hour kit for each family member that you can take in vehicle. also we were instructed to fill up our gas tanks when it reaches the half way mark.
with all this hustle to have it done by aug 31st, i'm anxious to see what's going to happen sept. 1st. :)
really, i'm grateful for this guideline, a 15 day supply is much easier to start with than 1 yr and it gets me going at least.

5 comments:

the wrights said...

Way to go Alisha!!! It was really hard for me at first. I felt so overwhelmed but then I started little by little. Every month I would order more and more of what my family eats. If something is to happen, we will eat pretty much anything. Potato pearls are great for kids. Most kids love them. I got apple slices and of course rice. Now I have to get a solar oven so I can cook when we don't have our stove. The regional food storage specialist is in our ward, if you want to come to some of the little workshops you totally can.

Kassi said...

Wow! I'm impressed. I just always say that if something happened Carmen has enough food for the ENTIRE schank family (she has two refrigerators and a huge storage room full of canned food) and we can always kill a cow on the dairy and drink the live cows milk . . . but really it would be hard to put one in our car! I should do the same thing!

H E A M said...

can you store some for me too? i don't have any room. then, when a disaster does happen we can hang out everyday. ;)

Lewieville said...

No Hayley she can't store for you! I love doing food storage, you are right, it is hard to start, but once you do its really fun. Enjoy!

Mom and Dad Pete said...

How do you figure our how much water and how do you store it? This has always been a real setback for me--it is so hard. I just have alot of misc. stuff. I guess we'll eat that if we have to.